Money dispute eyed after girl, 6, smeared with paint

Local | Erin Chan 23 Oct 2020

A six-year-old pupil on her way to a Tai Wai school was splashed with paint over an alleged money dispute between her grandfather and the attacker.

The mother of the Primary One girl told police at that the attacker could be blackmailing her father.

At about 8am yesterday, a black-clad man without a mask splashed the girl with orange paint on her back and right hand after she alighted from her school bus at the entrance of the TWGHs Tsoi Wing Sing Primary School in Mei Lam Estate.

The attacker fled toward Mei Lam Commercial Center.

The student had to change her paint-splattered uniform with one provided by a school worker before she was sent to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin to get checked.

Asked what triggered the attack on her daughter, the mother told reporters she did not know what was going on and that police were investigating.

Crime investigation officers from Tin Sum Division are tracking the Chinese suspect, who is between 30 to 40 years old, police said.

The spokesman for Tung Wah Group of Hospital's Corporate Communications Division said the group was aware of the incident.

"Our group does not accept any actionable nuisance," he said.

"We seriously condemn the incident in which the student was treated maliciously. It is hoped that the police can arrest the attacker as soon as possible so as to protect the schoolchildren."

The school reported to the police after the incident.

The parents were also contacted, and the student was in good condition, the spokesman added.

The campus of the primary school, formerly known as TWGHs Shui Chuen O Primary School, is in Shui Chuen O Estate in north Sha Tin. But because it is under renovation, the school is using the formerly vacant campus in Mei Lam Estate in the meantime.

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